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LTE-as-a-Service for Enterprises Comes from Networking Software

By Joe Rizzo June 12, 2013

Gone are the days when a company can have its own fully functioning data center. Most companies neither have the space nor the resources to maintain the infrastructure that it would take. We are seeing the emergence of I suppose what you could call a new breed of data centers.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is concerned with delivering and deploying software-based network functions and services. What is making it difficult to maintain a local data center is the variety of proprietary hardware-based appliances. When you factor in that each piece of hardware will need its own space, power and proper climate conditions, you can see the need for a better way.

Network Functions Virtualization aims to consolidate many network equipment types onto industry standard high volume servers, switches and storage. This will provide a new network production environment. IT will lower costs, raise efficiency and increase agility.

NFV would allow software and services to run on standard servers. These can be bare bone systems or they could even be virtual machines. Virtualization of network functions can be possible by evolving standard IT virtualization technologies that aim at consolidating many network equipment types onto industry standard high volume servers, switches and storage.

One company that is making major strides in area of NFV is Lemko Corporation. It is a Distributed Mobile Wireless Network software company, a leader in Virtualized Core Network OS for Super Mobility. Its solution is LTE Enterprise Cell. This enables LTE-as-a-Service for the Enterprise market.

Expensive labor intensive direct-attached storage (DAS) systems and contention based Wi-Fi offloading would no longer be required using Lemko's solution. This solution transforms the highest cost per GB per MHZ POP market to the highest profit per GB per MHZ POP offering.

Norman Fekrat, chief strategy and revenue officer at Lemko made the following comments; "Lemko's Enterprise Cell enables the monetization of spectrum that would have otherwise been offloaded to unlicensed Wi-Fi which has considerable challenges and issues in complex enterprise environments. Our vision is to help carriers monetize existing spectrum at higher profits per GB per MHZ POP than any other solution in their current portfolio. Engineering mobility to be an IT solution enables System Integrators and other SaaS/Cloud companies to begin offering Small Cell as a Service on behalf of the Carriers at much lower cost points."

Lemko’s LTE Enterprise Cell platform is built on patented Distributed Mobile Wireless Network technology that transforms cellular into a 100 percent virtualized, no core, quick deploy IT solution. This enables NFV where the entire Mobile Packet Core (EPC) and the Home Subscribe Server, Home Location Register (HSS/HLR) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Core is abstracted from the underlying hardware and distributed to the network edge.

This abstraction of the physical radio, wireless technology and frequency spectrum creates a Software Defined Network (SDN). This enables Lemko’s Enterprise Cell platform to offer peer-to-peer mobility between Cells because it becomes a Self-Organizing Network (SON). All backhaul is accomplished over the enterprise LAN. This eliminates costly in building cabling or the need for dedicated gigE carrier backhaul.

Lemko’s NFV solution resolves the bring your own device (BYOD) conundrum. Since mobile broadband traffic is routed as TCP/IP packets on the company’s enterprise LAN and is behind the firewall, the data is secure. Enterprises can now quickly and easily purchase, install and operate mobility for full in-building broadband coverage that co-exists with existing wireless infrastructures.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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